Release date: 12 May 2011
MariaDB 5.2.6 is a Stable release. In general this means there are no known serious bugs and we believe the code is ready for general usage. A "stable" MariaDB release is equivalent to a MySQL "GA" release.
For a list of every change made in MariaDB 5.2.6, including the various bugs that were fixed and links to detailed information on each push, see the MariaDB 5.2.6 Changelog. For a high-level description of MariaDB 5.2 see the MariaDB 5.2 Overview page.
In most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL: all commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.
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MariaDB may already be included in your favorite OS distribution. More information can be found on the Distributions which Include MariaDB page.
MariaDB 5.2.6 contains the following changes:
Includes Updates from MySQL 5.1
MariaDB includes a merge from from MySQL 5.1 bazaar trunk. This merge does
not correspond to a particular version of MySQL, but includes part of MySQL
5.1.57 and part of 5.1.58. The actual revision merged is
revid:firstname.lastname@example.org and the changes can be found in the source at Revision #2643.124.2 .
Includes XtraDB 5.1.56-12.7
We have included XtraDB from Percona Server 5.1.56-12.7 in this version of MariaDB. See the Percona Server release notes for what changes were made upstream by Percona since Percona Server 5.1.54-12.5 (the version of XtraDB included in MariaDB 5.2.5).
Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" Packages Now Available
In this version of MariaDB we have started building .deb packages for Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal". Both i386 and x86_64 packages are available.
See Installing MariaDB .deb Files for information how to setup your Debian or Ubuntu system to use the new repositories.
64-bit Packages for Windows
In addition to packages for 32-bit Windows, we now also have 64-bit Windows packages in this version of MariaDB.
New Windows MSI Installer
In this version of MariaDB we have done a lot of work on our Windows builds and we have created a new MSI installer for MariaDB which has lots of improvements over the old .exe installer.
See Installing MariaDB MSI Packages on Windows for more details and instructions on how to use the new installer.
Improved Windows ZIP Packages
The Windows ZIP package has been improved in this version of MariaDB. See Installing MariaDB Windows ZIP packages for more details.
New Windows-specific mysql_install_db
A Windows-specific version of mysql_install_db is being introduced in the
Windows builds of this version of MariaDB.
comparable to the shell script
mysql_install_db that is used on Unix-like
platforms, but with several Windows-specific enhancements.
See the mysql_install_db.exe page for details.
Windows Upgrade Wizard
In this version of MariaDB there is an upgrade wizard for converting MySQL instances to MariaDB.
See Upgrading MariaDB on Windows for instructions on using the upgrade wizard.